Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Publish Date: August 7, 2012
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas has definitely been added to my list of favorite books of all time. It's got action, mystery, romance and even a touch of magic. Oh yeah, and a kickass heroine who you're totally destined to fall in love with.
Celaena is probably the strongest heroine I've read about. Ever. Sure, she can kick butt and scale a wall without any climbing equipment and identify poisons by taste and smell, but that's not what I think makes her so strong. I think it's that Celaena has been through so much in her short life, but she never let anything or anyone break her spirit. She survived a death camp (and worse) and still came out smiling and laughing. That's inspirational.
The romance in Throne of Glass is swoon-worthy. There is a love triangle, but it's a really good one! At first, I can honestly say, I wasn't sure which love interest I liked better, Chaol or Dorian. They're best friends and are both handsome and charming. But it soon became clear to me which of the boys I thought was right for Celaena. But what was even better than the love interest being an awesome guy I could totally swoon, was the fact that, page after page, I found myself NOT reading for him or their relationship. I wanted them to get together and loved their interactions, but it wasn't what kept me glued to Throne of Glass. It was the story itself and the characters driving that story. I cared about them all and couldn't wait to see what happened next.
Throne of Glass even had a pretty good who-dun-it type mystery to it. Usually I'm pretty good with picking up on hints and clues and figuring out who the bad guy is, but there were just so many possibilities in this book! It could have been anyone. The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the suspense and the not knowing.
Throne of Glass is an epic story about an incredibly strong girl and I can't wait to see what lies ahead for Celaena. I encourage everyone to read it, even if fantasy is not usually your thing. You will not be sorry you did.